Love Will Keep Us Together (Miracle Girls Series #4)
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Love Will Keep Us Together (Miracle Girls Series #4)

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by Anne Dayton, May Vanderbilt

Riley McGee has the whole world open before her. She could get into any college, major in any subject, become whoever she wants to be. . . . But the truth is, Riley has no earthly idea what to do. She's paralyzed by indecision, afraid of the changes she faces, and as graduation day inches closer, it feels more and more like a threat.
Meanwhile, her autistic


Riley McGee has the whole world open before her. She could get into any college, major in any subject, become whoever she wants to be. . . . But the truth is, Riley has no earthly idea what to do. She's paralyzed by indecision, afraid of the changes she faces, and as graduation day inches closer, it feels more and more like a threat.
Meanwhile, her autistic brother, Michael, is struggling to fit in at Marina Vista and stay on top of his classes.Riley tries to keep an eye out for him, but when Ms. Moore suggests pulling Michael out of school,Riley has to fight for her brother—and against her favorite teacher. And things take another turn when her ex-boyfriend, Tom, arrives, hoping to give their relationship one more try. On top of that,an ambitious new pastor makes her question everything she thought she knew about faith.

Editorial Reviews

Melody Carlson
"Fun, witty and intelligent, it was a pleasure to meet this interesting mix of characters. Their struggles to form friendships and fit in were refreshingly realistic. Teen readers will enjoy and relate to [The Miracle Girls]."
Bethany Dillon
"Anne and May have discovered how to really connect to the younger generation in an honest and relevant way.[Breaking Up Is Hard to Do]is easy to enter into because it is a lot like real life—some painful moments along with sweet ones, all with the humor and humanity that draws a reader in."
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Lou Bertignac's family has been broken since her infant sister died five years ago. Her severely depressed mother never leaves their Paris apartment, while her father cries in secret and tries to hold the family together. When 13-year-old Lou invites No, a homeless 18-year-old, to move in with them, No's presence starts to draw Lou's mother out, allowing the family to start to heal. Despite Lou's best efforts, however, a place to sleep and people to look after her are not enough to help No. Lou's gifted but socially naive mind constantly analyzes the world around her. People confuse and fascinate her. This character-driven coming-of-age story relies less on plot and more on Lou's changing philosophies as her relationship with No expands her worldview. Although Lou grows considerably, she refuses to let No's frequent betrayals and backslides into self-destructive behavior destroy her optimism. Told in brief scenes interspersed with Lou's questions and findings, this novel explores the intersection and interdependence of lives and how relationships change the people in them and around them. The directness of Lou's narration, coupled with the structure of the novel, gives it a spare quality, resulting in a profound and haunting book.—Jennifer Rothschild, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Oxon Hill, MD

Product Details

Publication date:
Miracle Girls Series, #4
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Anne Dayton graduated from Princeton and has her MA in Literature from New York University. She lives in New York City. May Vanderbilt graduated from Baylor University and has an MA in Fiction from Johns Hopkins. She lives in San Francisco. Together, they are the authors of the Miracle Girls books,Emily Ever After, Consider Lily, and The Book of Jane.

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Love Will Keep Us Together (Miracle Girls Series #4) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Graduation is looming over the Miracle Girls as Pomp and Circumstance can be heard in the distance. Ana, Zoey, and Christine all have their futures planned out, but for Riley, not so much. Even if she is the most well-rounded student at Marina Vista, there are too many roads to take. The age old "what are you going to do when you graduate" question is one that Riley can't answer quite yet. This becomes even more evident during the college tours. Not sure who to talk to, or who the best person to talk to is, for some reason Tom's number is the one she presses the most. However, with the announcement of his return and the fact that the other Miracle Girls despise him, Riley is once again conflicted. Riley knows that letting Tom back in isn't safe for her heart. While protecting her heart, Riley must also protect her brother, Michael, who has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. Still having a rough time at school, Michael faces those who aren't receptive to a person who is different then them. Riley may feel guilty for feeling a little embarrassed by him, but she still has to stand up for him. She is on a mission to find a doctor to help her brother out, because if she decides to go away, no one will look out for him. Riley also begins to develop a relationship with Ben, someone who she never thought she would hang out with or even talk to. But Ben is having family problems of his own, mainly involving his sister, Asha, and he's someone Riley can easily talk to. Riley also must console Ana, as tragedy strikes someone close to her, and stand up for Asha, who everyone turns their back on for a decision she made. Join Riley in the fourth installment of the MIRACLE GIRLS series as she struggles in finding the right path for herself and for others. Riley just needs to remember that there still is that special person who will guide her. LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER continues the series that is full of substance and reality. Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt keep the momentum going from the very first page to the heartwarming ending. This installment focuses on so many issues that teens go through, from selecting a college, to figuring out your future, to pregnancies, autism, and death. Readers will be flipping the pages with one hand while holding a tissue in the other. The love that the Miracle Girls have for one another is awe-inspiring, and it's great to know that it will keep them together.
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
I love this series. This is book #4 and the end of the series, I am sorry to see it go. We have followed 4 very different girls through their 4 years of high school. This book is their senior year through Riley's eyes. There is no doubt that along with a senior year comes many decisions and choices that have to be made. Riley learns that first hand and is trying to figure out how to make everybody happy when she doesn't know what it is that will make her happy. In the process she manages to make no one happy including herself. What college will each girl go to? Will they manage to all make it into the same college and stay together? Who might mess up the plan? Except for the fact that Riley is kind of whiny about not knowing what she wants I really liked this book. I love that this is a series that is perfect for my daughter to read, I am thankful for books like this.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Love Will Keep Us Together by Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt is the fourth and final book in the Miracle Girls series. Riley McGee, Supergirl, finally gets to carry her own title. Readers have seen her through the eyes of her friends, now she can tell her own story. At the beginning of her senior year, the pressure is finally starting to weigh her down. Her parents have dreams of her attending Harvard. Her friends want to go to USC with them, but Riley has no idea what she wants to do with her life. Ex-boyfriend Tom reappears wanting to rekindle their romance, but fellow youth group member Ben strikes something in Riley that she didn't even know existed. Senior year is a tough time for any teen, but it's incredibly difficult for Riley who has always achieved perfection. Straight As, cheerleader, and she takes good care of her brother Mike who has Asperger's. She's never really had a chance to need anyone or ask for help, so when Riley faces the confusion and fears of moving to adulthood, she has no one to turn to. Riley was hard to relate to in the previous books; she always came across as Miss Perfect, so seeing her heartache and pain makes her very sympathetic for teens and their moms. She's also struggling with faith and church in a way that many will relate to as well. I am truly sad to see the end of the Miracle Girls, but the authors end it just right.
Carlybird More than 1 year ago
Oh to be young again! Actually, I wouldn't want to relive my high school days, but this book did bring back some fond memories of that time in my life when I made the transition from high school to college. It is a fun and exciting time, and a bit scary. The authors captured that emotion so well in Riley's story. I can definitely understand her fears and uncertainties as she gets ready to become a grown-up. Even though I have not read the previous Miracle Girls stories, I really did enjoy this one and the special friendship the Miracle Girls share. This book has a very positive message for teenage girls. It shows that you do not have to be perfect to make a difference in this world. You just have to do your best and be yourself and God will bless you. I would recommend this book, and I'm sure all the Miracle Girls books, to any young woman on the verge of this milestone. I truly enjoyed each moment of Love Will Keep Us Together.
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Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Riley McGee finds herself like all emerging seniors about to tackle the decision of just what one does upon her high school graduation with so many choices ahead of her. She is one in a group of four known as the Miracle Girls. Being in their senior year, each of them is planning on their future college choices, but will they move away to the colleges of their choosing or will they remain together at the same college and keep the love that has held them together in their high school years in their future. For them, the choices are easy, yet Riley is struggling with decisions she can't come to terms with so who can she talk to, her youth pastor, her parents who are hung up on her attending Harvard, or her boyfriend Tom who always seems to have just the right thing to say when she needs to hear it most. Yet in the midst of it all Riley eventually realizes through her faith in God that some decisions in life are difficult and life changing and some are easier to make than she thought. I was provided with a complimentary copy of the book Love Will Keep Us Together by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt, as part of the Miracle Girls Novels to review for Hachette Book Groups. This is a heart-wrenching book with valuable insights for young teen girls on how to manage the choices you are likely to face in your senior year at high school. It deals with relationships involving parents, families, church and the occasional boy as well as how to do what your heart is really calling you to do despite what everyone else wants for you. Guess you'll have to buy the book to find out what Riley ultimately chooses and it's not what you would guess. For more information on this book and where to purchase a copy, click on the link below.